Gregoria's reopens; Pompieri Pizza opens

Jan. 07, 2014 @ 11:51 AM

Gregoria’s reopening date set: Nearly a year after a fire closed the Cuban restaurant, Gregoria’s Cuban Steakhouse is now set to reopen at a new location at 2701 Hillsborough Road.

Restaurant owner Fares Hanna said the restaurant is opening for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday. He said the menu will have old favorites such as a shredded flank steak dish served with roasted tomatoes and garlic, flank steak served with chimichurri sauce, roasted pork served with vegetables and fried plantains, as well as fried plantains.

The menu will haves new items such as tilapia, filet mignon, New York strip, as well as vegetarian options such as grilled vegetables with fried yucca, beans and rice, and grilled eggplant stuffed with vegetables and topped with chimuchurri sauce and cheese.

Gregoria's closed last year after a fire heavily damaged the house that it was located in on Chapel Hill Road. Renovations on the new location on Hillsborough Road took longer than expected. The restaurant will have a private dining room that can seat 45, a larger bar, as well as regular booth and table seating.

“We appreciate the patience of our loyal customers – they’ve been calling and messaging over Facebook – and we’re excited to be opening back up again,” Hanna said.

The restaurant will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Hanna plans to open the restaurant for Sunday brunch in several weeks, but not immediately. He’s also contemplating opening for lunch in about six weeks. For more information, call 919-973-2717.


Pompieri Pizza now open: Seth Gross’ second downtown Durham restaurant is now open.

Gross is also the owner of Bull City Burger and Brewery on Parrish Street downtown.

The new pizza restaurant is in the historic Fire Station No. 1 building that was restored by Greenfire Development in 2007. Located at 102 City Hall Plaza, the building was originally constructed around 1890 and was, at one time, the home of the Golden Belt Hose Co.'s primarily volunteer firefighters. It was rebuilt in 1924, designed for the city's professional Fire Department.

According to the menu posted online for the new restaurant, Pompieri Pizza is offering a build-your-own pizza option, as well as 12-inch pizzas such as the “White Florian” made with ricotta, Pecorino, mozzarella, garlic and lemon oil for $12, and the “Pork Belly,” made with pork red sauce, roasted garlic, parmesan, garlic oil and cracklins (fried pieces of pork fat) for $13.

It also has starters such as a salad, cheeses including mozzarella, local goat cheese, and ricotta served with focaccia or crackers, and desserts.

For more information, go to the website


New YoFresh: A YoFresh Yogurt Café location has opened at the corner of Chapel Hill Road and Page Road in the Imperial Center.

The shop offers natural frozen yogurts including low fat, fat-free and sugar-free options as well as organic smoothies, frozen yogurt and pastries.

It’s set up so that customers dispense their own frozen yogurt, and then choose from a variety of toppings including fruits, nuts, sprinkles, cereals, candies and sauces. Customers pay by the ounce.  

The new shop is open at 5410 Page Road from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more information, call 814-598-0101.


New Merle Norman location: Durham’s longtime Merle Norman cosmetics store is relocating to 4011 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. in between Sam’s Club and SuperTarget. The owners have closed their location at Northgate Mall in preparation for the move. The new store will open Jan. 15.


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